Radeon pixels get prettier
Radeon gamers will find quality-of-life improvements once pixels make their way from an AMD graphics card to a monitor, as well. First, AMD is enhancing the value of FreeSync 2 monitors for owners of those displays. In the past, game developers had to explicitly support FreeSync 2's hardware-accelerated tone mapping by invoking an API on a per-game basis, and that requirement has apparently limited the rate of adoption for the technology.
With the Adrenalin 2019 Edition release, the Radeon graphics stack will automatically tone-map content mastered in the widely-supported HDR10 standard to the proprietary standard employed by FreeSync 2-certified monitors, making a wider range of HDR content available on those displays. That tone-mapping is still accelerated on the graphics card, too, meaning that the potential latency advantages of FreeSync 2 remain intact.
AMD is also making owners of its ultrawide displays happier with the Adrenalin 2019 release. The Virtual Super Resolution feature lets owners of powerful Radeon graphics cards render games above a monitor's native resolution before downsampling to the final display resolution, in effect supersampling the game and producing better image quality. Now, that feature will be available to users with 21:9 displays if there's extra graphics-processing power that they want to put to use.
To help users control their displays on a finer-grained basis, AMD added some display features to the Radeon Overlay, as well. Adrenalin 2019 exposes per-game controls for the Enhanced Sync feature so that gamers can adjust that experience in real time. The FreeSync toggle now lives in the Radeon Overlay display tab, as it ought to. Finally, folks who want to use AMD's driver color adjustments will find that those controls can be applied on a per-game basis through the overlay. Custom color settings will also be applied automatically when a game launches and removed when it's closed.
AMD Link gets a voice
It seems like a new voice assistant pops up every day, and AMD Link is no exception. The Link app will now respond to voice commands.
Users can just say "Hey Radeon..." and invoke several potentially convenient commands, like taking a screenshot, starting or stopping a stream or local recording, or saving an instant replay. The app can also tell you your average FPS, GPU core temperature, core clocks, memory clocks, or fan speed. Should your Radeon drivers fall behind the company's release schedule, you can invoke the update process through the app, as well.
If you'd rather not tune your Radeon card from the desktop or Radeon Overlay, AMD Link also incorporates a comprehensive set of WattMan commands. The mobile app now has controls for GPU frequency, voltage, temperature limits, memory timing, and memory frequency, just like the desktop app. AMD Link further adds the ability to capture basic performance metrics like average, minimum, and maximum FPS in a report.
AMD Link can now become a second screen of sorts for folks who want to share their exploits with the world anywhere and at any time. The app now links to the ReLive gallery so that users can see screenshots, play back videos, and crop and save those video clips to the phone. The app can now become a second screen of sorts for gamers who want to see the chat rooms on their YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook Live streams.
There are even more features in Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition to play with for streamers and sharers that we didn't have time to cover this morning, but as always, this Radeon Software update is free to download and play with should you want to explore it in greater depth. If you have a Radeon card, you'll find the Adrenalin 2019 Edition release is available for download today.